Grizzly Bear was originally conceived as the solo project of Edward Droste, who recorded his debut album Horn of Plenty at home. The record was originally meant for his friends, but it eventually circulated and got a proper release in 2004, this time with the help of Christopher Bear. A re-release with a bonus disc of remixes was issued in 2005. In 2005 singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen and multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Taylor joined the band. As a four piece band, the complexity of Horn of Plenty could move to the stage.